Kildare Readers Festival

Kildare Readers Festival Kildare Readers' Festival Online 12th - 18th October 2020 Connecting Readers with Writers! Kildare Readers Festival is brought to you every year in October by Kildare County Library and Arts Service.

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Join Orla Tinsley and G'Ra Asim this Saturday as part of Kildare Library and Arts Services Connections Through Literatur...
17/08/2021

Join Orla Tinsley and G'Ra Asim this Saturday as part of Kildare Library and Arts Services Connections Through Literature in partnership with the Irish Writers Centre.

Book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/orla-tinsley-x-gra-asim-on-punk-prose-and-cross-cultural-synergies-tickets-166139328203?fbclid=IwAR2tiRpiOlUNHWalS7gQRMg1QYDZqTqaDW4YluwCtZoz0hOS0l8lV99HyYo

Join our series launch with Orla Tinsley & G'ra Asim taking place this Saturday!

➡️Spaces are limited! Register for the event using the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/orla-tinsley-x-gra-asim-in-conversation-on-punk-prose-and-cross-cultural-tickets-166139328203

Join writer, activist and educator Orla Tinsley as she talks about building a writing identity, creative craft, punk and friendship with G’Ra Asim, the author, musician and assistant professor who will read from his book Boyz n the Void: A Mixtape to my Brother.

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There's still time to register for this free event, 3pm Friday.
24/02/2021

There's still time to register for this free event, 3pm Friday.

Ireland Reads: Author visit with Adiba Jaigirdar (suitable for ages 14+)
Friday, 26 February, 3pm

Adiba Jaigirdar will talk about her acclaimed novel Henna Wars, becoming an author, and her love of reading. Followed by Author Q&A.

Book your tickets here: https://ireland-reads-adiba-jaigirdar.eventbrite.ie

Please share: As part of the Ireland Reads campaign Kildare Libraries is hosting an author talk  between author Kerri Ní...
12/02/2021
Ireland Reads: Kerri ní Dochartaigh in conversation with Manchán Magan

Please share: As part of the Ireland Reads campaign Kildare Libraries is hosting an author talk between author Kerri Ní Dochartaigh and Manchán Magan. Kerri's debut Thin Places has been described as a "powerful, unflinching account of her war-torn childhood and her quest for peace [which] is part hymn to nature, part Troubles memoir."
This is a free Ireland Reads event on Zoom on Thursday, 18 February at 7pm but booking is required in advance:
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/ireland-reads-kerri-ni-dochartaigh-in-conversation-with-manchan-magan-tickets-141019931411

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Join Kildare Libraries for an Ireland Reads author talk between nature writer Kerri Ní Dochartaigh and writer and broadcaster Manchán Magan.

Join in and pledge to set aside time to ‘squeeze in a read’ on the 25th of February, Ireland Reads day, to escape from t...
04/02/2021

Join in and pledge to set aside time to ‘squeeze in a read’ on the 25th of February, Ireland Reads day, to escape from the pressures of the world for a bit with a good read.

18/10/2020

And that is a wrap for #KRF2020.
Thank you to you, our lovely audience for joining us for this online platform. We hope to invite you back and welcome you in person next year.

If you missed any of the week's events, they will be available on our Vimeo channel for the next month https://vimeo.com/channels/krf2020

Thank you to the teams in Riverbank Arts Centre and Frame It Productions for helping us with the logistics of bringing the festival online this year. Thanks to the Arts Council of Ireland, Creative Ireland, County Kildare Decade of Commemoration Committee and the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht for their continued support. And of course, thank you to our fantastic writers for joining us for Kildare Readers Festival 2020.

Help us plan for next year by completing our very quick and short online survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeL8BKm9B99_-qVgEhnZ_VZ4-XX7SxWU9HmLH_krKS70sxB4g/viewform

It is our final event of #KRF2020 😃We hope you have enjoyed all of the events and if you missed any, you can go back and...
18/10/2020

It is our final event of #KRF2020 😃

We hope you have enjoyed all of the events and if you missed any, you can go back and check them out. Just go to http://www.kildarereadersfestival.ie/ and all the links are on the events page.

Kildare Readers Festival regular Dermot is back this year for a relaxed and intimate conversation with award-winning author Christine Dwyer Hickey, whose book Tatty is the UNESCO Dublin One City, One Book choice for 2020. Not to be missed!

https://vimeo.com/467430385

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Ordinarily before this closing event of the Kildare Readers' Festival we would be offering you all free coffee and pastr...
18/10/2020

Ordinarily before this closing event of the Kildare Readers' Festival we would be offering you all free coffee and pastries right now while we wait for the Sunday Sessions to begin.

Hopefully you have enjoyed this year's #KRF2020 and if we are all gathering indoors in October 2021, please come along and enjoy the free pastries before heading to your final event of the festival.

Sunday Sessions with Dermot Bolger begins in an hour.

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We have a glass of wine, our TV is set up to watch Vimeo and we are ready for this!Margaret Scott is joined by one of Ir...
17/10/2020

We have a glass of wine, our TV is set up to watch Vimeo and we are ready for this!

Margaret Scott is joined by one of Ireland’s best-loved authors, Marita Conlon-McKenna. Her first book, which was read by so many of us, was the classic children’s book Under the Hawthorn Tree. Marita’s new adult novel, The Hungry Road is set during The Great Irish Famine and is a story of courage and the strength of the human spirit.

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https://vimeo.com/468602473

We're leaving our last event of the day until a little later on but it's a good one! Marita Conlon-McKenna needs no intr...
17/10/2020

We're leaving our last event of the day until a little later on but it's a good one!

Marita Conlon-McKenna needs no introduction really... She is an award-winning Irish writer of both adult and children’s fiction.

Surely we can safely say the majority of you reading this have read her very first book Under the Hawthorn Tree.

Well, this evening at 9pm Marita Conlon-McKenna will be talking to the lovely Margaret Scott about her most recent adult fiction novel The Hungry Road.

In The Hungry Road Marita once again returns to Ireland’s Great Hunger to tell the story of Doctor Dan Donovan, who battles to help the hungry and sick that flood into the West Cork town of Skibbereen, the local parish priest Father John Fitzpatrick who pleads for assistance for his people and seamstress Mary Sullivan’s determination to fight tooth and nail to feed her children and hold on to their small tenancy. It is an epic story of heroism and courage which shows the strength of the human spirit to endure and overcome even the darkest of times.

If you haven't read it yet, I have some good news for you and some bad news. The bad news is that despite the fact that The Hungry Road came out in January 2020, there is STILL a reservation list for it in your local library and on BorrowBox. The good news is, it is absolutely worth the wait.

Join us tonight at 9pm!

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Well between the Ten Books event this morning and all the lovely book suggestions from all the festival authors, we are ...
17/10/2020

Well between the Ten Books event this morning and all the lovely book suggestions from all the festival authors, we are spoilt for choice!

Next Up today...

Regarded as one of the best European poets of his time, Dennis O'Driscoll was a poet, essayist, critic, editor and mentor who made Naas, Co Kildare his home until his death.

The Dennis O'Driscoll Literary Bursary Award is open to both established and emerging writers and critics in all genres. The award for professional writers is to augment their professional practice, particularly research towards the production of new writings. The award for emerging writers supports their professional development/training opportunities.

We introduce this year’s awardees who will read their work, adjudicated by Kildare native singer-songwriter and podcaster Megan O’Neill.

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https://vimeo.com/468104134

Good morning all! This morning we kick off proceedings with the ever popular Ten Books. Our two guests Peter Cunningham ...
17/10/2020

Good morning all! This morning we kick off proceedings with the ever popular Ten Books. Our two guests Peter Cunningham and Rosita Sweetman will select five books each that they would recommend and delve into the stories to illustrate why we should give them a try

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https://vimeo.com/468176524

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17/10/2020

Good morning! 20 minutes to go...

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What a great talk between our two poets at 7:30pm. Thank you Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers for such...
16/10/2020

What a great talk between our two poets at 7:30pm. Thank you Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers for such an interesting talk.

We have another great event this evening. Naoise Dolan’s debut novel Exciting Times has garnered huge praise and attention since its publication earlier this year and has announced her as a wonderfully sharp and comic new voice in Irish literature. The novel follows Ava, a young Irishwoman, grappling with love, relationships and class as she tries to make a life for herself in Hong Kong. Naoise joins journalist and broadcaster Edel Coffey to discuss her book, its inspiration and what lies ahead in her writing career.

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https://vimeo.com/467423760

Can you believe it is Friday evening already?We're excited for this evening's event. We hope you've got a glass of somet...
16/10/2020

Can you believe it is Friday evening already?

We're excited for this evening's event. We hope you've got a glass of something and are ready to relax and enjoy #KRF2020 on your sofa tonight!

In our final commissioned talk for this year’s Kildare Readers Festival, poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin speaks with critically acclaimed poet, fiction writer and essayist Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. Jeffers’ most recent work The Age of Phillis is based upon fifteen years of research on the life and times of Phillis Wheatley (Peters), a formerly enslaved person who was the first African-American woman to publish a book. Her first novel, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois, is forthcoming from Harper in 2021.

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https://vimeo.com/467412654

This is your half hour warning for our first event of the night Annemarie Ní Churreáin in conversation with critically a...
16/10/2020

This is your half hour warning for our first event of the night Annemarie Ní Churreáin in conversation with critically acclaimed poet, fiction writer and essayist Honorée Fanonne Jeffers.

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Well...Vimeo was acting up a little last night.We hope you waited a little and got to see our two great events last nigh...
16/10/2020

Well...Vimeo was acting up a little last night.We hope you waited a little and got to see our two great events last night.

Patrick Chapman was so generous in his talk with Annemarie Ní Churreáin about writing and the creative process. Any budding writers out there should definitely check out the talk available here: https://vimeo.com/467403730

Cauvery Madhavan and Margaret Scott spoke about Cauvery's book The Tainted, her research, her writing process and thoroughly entertained us all. Did you know she also cooks? Check out the event here: https://vimeo.com/467416218

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We hope you are enjoying the talks as much as we are. For our second event tonight Margaret Scott talks to Cauvery Madha...
15/10/2020

We hope you are enjoying the talks as much as we are. For our second event tonight Margaret Scott talks to Cauvery Madhavan about her third novel The Tainted, picked by An Post Irish Book Awards as one of their Top 5 Summer Reads. The Tainted has been described by Sebastian Barry as a “wonderful story written by a wonderful writer”.

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https://vimeo.com/467416218

For this evening's first event Donegal poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin talks poetry craft and process with poet, fictionist,...
15/10/2020

For this evening's first event Donegal poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin talks poetry craft and process with poet, fictionist, and scriptwriter Patrick Chapman in the first of a series of talks commissioned for Kildare Readers Festival. Patrick’s most recent poetry collection is Open Season on the Moon (Salmon, 2019).

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https://vimeo.com/467403730

Well, I think we can safely say we are half way through our brilliant #KRF2020 line-up. We hope you are all enjoying the...
15/10/2020

Well, I think we can safely say we are half way through our brilliant #KRF2020 line-up. We hope you are all enjoying the talks and catching up with those you missed on the nighti. We guarantee you will not be disappointed.

We have to really excellent talks this evening.

In the first at 7:30pm Annemarie Ní Churreáin will be back and chatting to poet and scriptwriter Patrick Chapman. We snuck a peek and if you are a budding writer, we recommend this for you.

Then at 9pm with thanks to County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee and supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative we welcome to the stage (literally!) Cauvery Madhavan and Margaret Scott who will be discussing Cauvery's excellent book, The Tainted.
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Well, we really enjoyed the previous talk between Annemarie and Kimberly. We hope you did too. This promises to be a goo...
14/10/2020

Well, we really enjoyed the previous talk between Annemarie and Kimberly. We hope you did too.

This promises to be a good one too. In 2015, Maynooth University Department of English and Kildare County Council Library & Arts Service established a Writer in Residence programme designed to support writers in the community, and to connect accomplished artists with students and the greater public.

Writers-in-Residence to date include Eoin McNamee, Hugh Travers, Lindsay Sedgwick , Joanna Walsh, Rob Doyle, Sarah Maria Griffin, Christodoulos Makris, Paul Lynch, Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Sue Rainsford.

This evening's talk introduces Writers-in-Residence 2020/21 Dr. Nathan O’Donnell and Susan Tomaselli.

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https://vimeo.com/468153573

Day three of the festival and this evening's event is the first talk of a series commissioned for Kildare Readers Festiv...
14/10/2020

Day three of the festival and this evening's event is the first talk of a series commissioned for Kildare Readers Festival. Annemarie Ní Churreáin is joined by writer Kimberly Lojewski whose debut story collection, Worm Fiddling Nocturne in the Key of a Broken Heart is filled with whimsical fairy tales of princesses and farm girls turned dark, and dark tales of mistreated sideshow freaks turned whimsical.

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https://vimeo.com/467388477

Welcome back for our second event of the day. We hope you enjoyed Sue Rainsford's visual essay a lesson in celestial sym...
13/10/2020

Welcome back for our second event of the day. We hope you enjoyed Sue Rainsford's visual essay a lesson in celestial symmetry earlier. If you missed it, don't worry, you can go back and check it out.

Next tonight we welcome Oein DeBhairduin with Ruth Smith.

Why the moon travels is community activist Oein DeBhairduin's debut collection of stories originating from the Irish Traveller community, the Mincéirí. Beautifully illustrated by fellow Traveller Leanne McDonagh, this book is thought to be the first of its kind published in Ireland. It was published by Skein Press who strive to amplify the voices largely absent from Irish literature. Pull up a chair and join us for a discussion about this lyrical collection of stories celebrating a culture rooted in a profound respect for tradition, the natural world and family.

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https://vimeo.com/467688596

13/10/2020
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Time for our first event this evening. We are delighted to present this newly commissioned piece by Sue Rainsford blends prose and images in an exploration of deficiency and nourishment, destruction and regeneration, and the patterns of cause and effect that move through matter.

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We hope you enjoyed the first Kildare Readers' Festival 2020 online event last night. If you missed it you can still che...
13/10/2020

We hope you enjoyed the first Kildare Readers' Festival 2020 online event last night. If you missed it you can still check it out - head to www.kildarereadersfestival.ie for the event link.

We have two fabulous events planned for today.

At 7:30pm please join us for a newly commissioned piece by Sue Rainsford which blends prose and images in an exploration of deficiency and nourishment, destruction and regeneration, and the patterns of cause and effect that move through matter.

At 9pm pull up a chair and join us for a discussion about this lyrical collection of stories celebrating a culture rooted in a profound respect for tradition, the natural world and family with author DeBhairduin and broadcaster and musician Ruth Smith.

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We've just started Kildare Readers Festival this week but we are big fans of libraries and our local independent booksho...
12/10/2020

We've just started Kildare Readers Festival this week but we are big fans of libraries and our local independent bookshops. Check out this great event happening on 22 October with Dawn from Woodbine Books and local Kildare author Hazel Gaynor.

We have teamed up with two of our favourite independent bookshops, Antonia's Bookstore in Trim, Co. Meath and The Maynooth Bookshop, to host a series of virtual bookish events.

The first of these online events will take place on 22nd October at 7pm and will feature Dawn in conversation with award-winning and bestselling author Hazel Gaynor. We will discuss the strong Irish literary scene, from writers to bookshops, as well as Hazel's new book "The Bird in the Bamboo Cage", launched in the middle of lockdown.

For those who want to get ahead of the queues this year, Hazel will then give some of her book recommendations for this Christmas.

Tickets are free but places must be reserved. There is also an option to purchase a signed book with your ticket, either for collection from one of the three bookshops or to be posted within Ireland.

Tickets can be reserved here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/a-tale-of-three-indies-in-conversation-with-hazel-tickets-124727971721?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch&keep_tld=1

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By Train: Newbridge is served by regular train services.The station is approximately a 10 minute walk from Riverbank Arts Centre. Journey time from Dublin Heuston is only 25 minutes. Main Routes: Dublin Cork/Limerick/Tralee Waterford Galway Westport/Ballina. By Bus: Newbridge is served by Bus Eireann, Dublin Coach, and a number of local/regional operates. The bus stops are located directly outside our venue.

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The annual Kildare Readers’ Festival takes place across County Kildare in our main libraries and in the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge. The festival is funded by Kildare County Council and managed by Kildare Library and Arts Services.

Held in October each year, the Kildare Readers’ Festival is an entirely free literary festival which celebrates the very best in local, national and international writing.

We provide a programme of events to connect our readers with authors and artists, to bring the very best from the world of literature to County Kildare.

Visit http://kildarereadersfestival.ie/ for more information.

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